Monthly Archives: November 2017

November 27, 2017

Healing with CBD – Leonard Leinow

Leonard Leinow is the author of the new book, CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis. He wrote the book because he was constantly getting questions about the use of CBD. As such, he designed the book to be an introductory guide for people to learn about CBD and determine their own path to experience the substance.

Substances in cannabis help with healing, as it is a complicated substance with a number of chemicals. Most medicinal qualities are in the cannabinoids. However, the entourage effect of all components will create different varieties of CBD based on the various ratios of cannabinoids and terpenes included.

CBD does not have a psychoactive component, but it lowers your appetite which could assist with weight loss. It is also good for having the body break addiction qualities and has uses with the opioid crisis. It impacts diabetes, as many have reported that their disease has been improved as a result of introducing CBD. With Alzheimer’s, CBD also has a beneficial impact in that it can help to prevent the disease, as well as easing the effects of those who currently have the disease. CBD can also help with sleep, specifically helping people go to sleep easier and sleep longer.

Leonard also speaks about the methods of delivery. Smoking involves an onset that is very quick, usually within 30 seconds. Vaporizing also includes a quick onset, but would be a safer and cleaner method of delivery. When taken orally, it could take 30 to 45 minutes for one’s system to digest the substance, but it will have a longer effect of up to eight hours. By using a topical application, it will penetrate through the skin possibly up to an inch. This will be anti-inflammatory and help with the pain, but anything deeper will require ingesting the substance. Patches are gaining popularity, as they include a continuous application, lasting six to eight hours. Dosing is critical. Leonard recommends starting small, with a quarter of one’s target dose and slowly raising the dosage over the course of one to two weeks.

To connect with Leonard Leinow or to learn more about CBD: A Patient’s Guide to Medicinal Cannabis, visit http://www.synergycbd.com or email Leonard at leonard@synergycbd.com.


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Making it through the holidays

The holidays can be a very tough time to stick to your new lifestyle choices. We use food to celebrate.  Unfortunately, the types of foods we eat during the holidays are often unhealthy and fattening.  On this episode, I'll share some tips to help you make it through the season.

Pre-fill the tank

When you know you're going to attend a party that will have a barrage of sweets and bad foods, drink some water and eat some good fats, fiber, and a bit of protein.  This will satiate your hunger.  That way when you're at the holiday party, you won't be hungry and you won't eat nearly as much bad food.


It can be uncomfortable to be the only one not partaking in the pie.  Split the portion or just take a mini-portion of the food you want to eat.

Go slow

Don't do mindless eating.  Savor each bite, enjoying the flavor.  This also allows your satiation hormones to do the signaling.

With alcohol, have a glass of water between each drink.  The water will help you stay hydrated and will likely reduce the amount of alcohol you drink.

More movement

While you cannot out exercise a bad diet, during times when you are taking in more calories, you should make an effort to move more.  Take some time to walk around and enjoy the sights and sounds of the season.  See the lights and decorations.  Do some window shopping at the mall.

Focus on friends and family

This season is really all about being thankful and enjoying time with friends and family.  Make this more about them than about the food.  Don't stress about whether you're eating too much or eating the wrong things.  Enjoy the holidays!

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November 13, 2017

Self-discipline and failure with William Ferraiolo

William Ferraiolo is a professor and author of the book, Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure: Stoic Exercise for Mental Fitness. William describes stoicism as a school of Greco-Roman philosophy that advocates the pursuit of living well and virtuously, and notes that one should only concern himself with the attainment of wisdom and virtue. By focusing on one’s own will, he allows himself to be at peace, leading to living a more valuable life.

When many things go wrong, people tend to attribute blame to the external world, saying that it has power to throw to derail one’s progress. However, the view of stoicism is that people can control themselves through their will and determination. Insufficient will power and self-discipline is usually what prevents people from accomplishing their goals.

In discussing failures, William states that failure from the viewpoint of stoicism is not the same as how society typically views failure. Specifically, the only real failure is a failure of self-discipline or will power. These failures are indicative of one’s character. If one does the very best he can and still falls short, he has not failed. However, when one has not done his best and fails, it is due to a lack of self-discipline. In this case, the key to making progress is when one admits his flaws and is honest about his failures. This awareness provides the tools to prevent the reoccurrence of bad habits in the future.

William explains that people should not be afraid of the big goal or challenge and should at least make an effort to move in that direction. Though many challenges appear to be insurmountable, it is not an excuse to not try and improve one’s self. With this, it can be helpful and healthy to acknowledge not only what is yet to achieve, but what progress has already been accomplished. William recommends turning everything into an opportunity for mental exercise and improvement.

To connect with William Ferraiolo or to learn more about Meditations on Self-Discipline and Failure: Stoic Exercise for Mental Fitness, visit http://www.academia.edu to read some of his works or find him on LinkedIn and Facebook.


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November 6, 2017

The 7 principles of stress with Ori Hofmekler

Ori Hofmekler is an acclaimed author on the topic of diet and health whose new book, The 7 Principles of Stress, shares how people can live their best lives while under stress.

Ori explains that chronic stress occurs when the body experiences prolonged stress, which can actually cause damage. Several signs of overstressing include chronic fatigue, anxiety, craving sweet foods, and weight fluctuation.

The human fight or flight reaction allows the body to respond to stress very quickly. Over many years, this mechanism evolved for short reactions. However, in today’s age, we find ourselves in states of prolonged stress, creating a chronic situation of stress, where the stress hormone becomes dysfunctional and the metabolic system can be destroyed.

Ori explains 7 principles of stress:

  1. Exposure to low level stress yield resiliency to high level stress
  2. Reach maximum resiliency to stress
  3. Low dose of toxin can help relieve and prevent respective toxicity
  4. Energy deficit is the key factor
  5. Excess of energy shortens life
  6. Stress must be intermittent, never chronic
  7. Resiliency to stress extends virility

One area of confusion surrounds the topic of antioxidants. Despite the production of oxidants, people stay alive well under stress. This is because oxidative radicals signal the body to produce its own antioxidants. These are essential for one’s life and longevity and they cannot be bought. Yet when synthetic antioxidants are introduced into the body, these shut down one’s defenses and prohibit the production of powerful antioxidants, making one vulnerable to damage. Synthetic antioxidants should be avoided.

Ori describes three parameters for staying young:

  1. Fast more, eat less and introduce stress mimicking nutrients
  2. Avoid substances that inhibit your stress response system, including sugar, chemical additives, and GMOs
  3. Exercise while fasting

To connect with Ori Hofmekler or to learn more about The 7 Principles of Stress, visit http://www.defensenutrition.com or http://www.orihofmekler.com.


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